Sean Giovanello

Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies
Gray Pavilion - Pol. Science 210G
2333 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5901

Brief Biography

Sean Giovanello is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Elon University.  Sean received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University.  Prior to completing his Ph.D., Sean taught at Stonehill College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Sean's research and teaching interests focus upon International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Security Studies.  



Ph.D., Brandeis University

M.A., Brandeis University

B.A., Stonehill College

Courses Taught

  • International Relations (Pol 141)
  • American Government (Pol 111)
  • International Security Policy  (Pol 346)
  • International Terrorism (Pol 345)
  • U.S. Foreign Policy (Pol 342)
  • Senior Seminar (Pol 461)



  • Giovanello, S.P., Kirk, Jason., Kromer, Mileah. Student Perceptions of a Role-Playing Simulation in an Introductory International Relations Course.  Journal of Political Science Education (2013).
  • Giovanello, S.P. Riot Control Agents and Chemical Weapons Arms Control in the United States. Journal of Strategic Security (2012).
  • Giovanello, S.P. and Spray, Sharon. The Securitisation of Disasters: A Study of How US Presidents Frame Responses to Foreign Natural Disasters. Journal of Human Security (2012).
  • Giovanello, S.P. The Domestic Politics of Arms Control Treaty Ratification: The Case of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association (2007).

Professional Activities

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Human Security (2012-Present)

President, International Studies Association - South (2011-2012)

Member of Professional Development Committee, International Studies Association (2011-2012)

Vice-President, International Studies Association - South (2010-2011)

Executive Board Member, International Studies Association - South (2008-2010)



Service Activities

Interim Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies Minor, Elon University (2014-Present)

Faculty Research and Development Committee, Elon University (2013-Present)

Graduate Council, Elon University (2013-Present)

International Studues Major Advisory Committee, Elon University (2010-Present)

Non-Violence Studies Minor Advisory Committee, Elon University (2008-Present)

Social Science Curriculum Committee, Elon University (2011-Present)

Library Committee, Elon University (2010-2011)

Sigma Iota Rho Faculty Advisor, Elon University (2010-2012)